We now know that Christian Bale will campaign for Lead Actor for James Mangold’s “Ford v. Ferrari,” but that doesn’t mean the field got any easier. The rest of the field is still wide open with Brad Pitt (“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”Willem Dafoe (“The Lighthouse”), Joe Pesci and Al Pacino (“The Irishman”), Rob Morgan and Jamie Foxx (“Just Mercy”), Kevin Harrison, Jr., Sterling K. Brown and Lucas Hedges (“Waves”), Alan Alda (“Marriage Story”) and more fighting for a nod .[Updated October 21]

IN THE CONVERSATION
Alan Alda, “Marriage Story”
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”
Willem Dafoe, “The Lighthouse”
Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Pope”
Kevin Harrison, Jr., “Waves”
John Lithgow, “Bombshell”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”

POTENTIALLY PLAYERS
Ray Liotta, “Marriage Story”
Lucas Hedges, “Waves”
Sterling K. Brown, “Waves”
Jamie Bell, “Rocketman”
Timothee Chalamet, “Little Woman”
Idris Elba, “Cats”
Winston Duke,”Us”
Richard Madden, “Rocketman”

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